One-Two Victory for BWT-Lechner Racing at Paul Ricard – Misslin Twice on Top in Pro-Am
BWT Lechner Racing celebrated the first win of the team in the French Porsche Carrera Cup at Paul Ricard: In the third race of the weekend, JB Simmenauer dominated from start to finish and finally crossed the line more than six seconds ahead of his teammate Jaxon Evans, who repeated his second place from the first Sunday race in the morning. After some difficult weekends, it was also a great day for Lechner Racing Pro-Am driver Nicolas Misslin, who won his category in both races.
JB Simmenauer started from pole position into race 3, after having set the fastest lap in race 2 – the fastest laps counting for the grid of the final race, a special rule in the French series. “I got a good start and was able to pull away from my competition, also as they seemed to be quite busy fighting each other”, the 19-year old Frenchman was really happy about his success. “Of course it is a great feeling to score my first victory here in the French Porsche Carrera Cup. It was not as easy as it looked, you always have to stay very focused, even if you have a rather comfortable lead.” In the morning, Simmenauer seemed to be on his way to a podium finish as well after some great overtaking from P6 on the grid, but lying in third place he was passed by Ayhancan Güven and Marvin Klein rather off-track. But only Güven later received a penalty, so JB finally ended up in P4.
Jaxon Evans repeated his second place from the morning in the afternoon, finishing on the podium in all three races in the south of France. “Coming home second felt quite different in the two events. In the first one, when I started from the front row, just missed out taking the lead, was faster than Latorre ahead of me, but never managed to get by without trying something crazy, I was even slightly disappointed of not having won.” The second second place of the day felt more like a great achievement, “because from P4 on the grid I lost a bit of ground in the mess directly after the start and then fought my way back, overtaking quite a few people, including my Porsche Junior colleague Güven with only two-and-a-half laps to go and then keeping him behind until the finish line.”
After some not so easy weekends, where he was more than once a victim of bad luck or too eager competitors, it was finally a great day for Nicolas Misslin, who managed to win the Pro-Am category twice. “In both races I had a good start, was able to gain some distance from my main competitors and then administrate the advantage until the end, staying out of any trouble and just adapting my race to what my class rivals were doing. Finally we got the reward that especially the team deserves for its great hard work”, said the Frenchman, who celebrated enthusiastically on the podium, accompanied by his 7-year-old son.
For Richard Wagner, it was rather a day to forget. In the first race, he finished in P10, not able to do much, “as I lost the front lip of my car quite early in the race and suffered from massive understeer as a consequence.” Any hopes to rectify things in the second race were cut short already on lap two, when the German was pushed out of the race by Pro-Am driver Sylvain Noel, who received a drive-through penalty for his over-optimistic action. “Which of course did not help me much, as my race was done. The only part I have to take some blame for is that I didn´t have a better qualifying, starting ahead of some guys in the field who seem to be prone to chaos would make things easier for sure.”
Team principal Walter Lechner was ever so happy about the result: “It was a good weekend in general, but of course especially the last race was a real highlight. Our first win in a series we entered for the first win is something really special. We scored quite a lot of points this weekend, there are four more races to go, so let´s see what we can still do in the different championships.”